The vastness and geographically diversity of India make generalizing about the weather a fool’s errand, though we shall try. The northern Himalayan parts of the nation can be covered in snow while the southern beaches be mired in monsoonal winds and rain. Northern India is considered generally cooler, though outside the highest mountain peaks never really cold, while the south is tropical, the central interior hot and dry. The ‘winter’ is generally considered the best time to visit India for most regions.
December to March in Northern India is cool and mainly dry. The year's coldest months are December and January, when temperatures average around 10–15 °C (50–59 °F) in the northwest. In January to February, certain regions such as Himachal Pradesh in the far north can see heavy bursts of rain, and heavy snowfall at elevations over 2,000 meters. Winter highs in New Delhi, the nation’s capital, range from 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F), with a light rainfall of under 20 mm per day. Without the searing heat of summer it is one of the best times to visit. Delhi serving as an excellent starting base to explore the diverse surrounding northern regions, from the dusty deserts of Rajasthan in the west to the snowcapped Himalayan mountains to the north.
Winter in Southern India sees January as the coldest month. It is the best time to visit the country due to the cool(er) temperatures and relative dryness. Again, the weather varies significantly depending on where you are. Temperatures get higher towards the equator, peaking around 20–25 °C (68–77 °F) in mainland India's southeast. Maharashtra, parts of Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh are cooler states. Minimum temperatures in western Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh hover around 10 °C (50 °F). The much visited states of Goa and Kerala on the Malabar Coast see highs of 30 °C (86 °F) and lows of 22 (72 °F), with almost zero rain in winter. Many head to the coastal areas here as the cool breeze off the Indian Ocean moderates the weather.
This three-day Winter festival in India’s sandstone city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan presents a wonderful opportunity for visitors to witness traditional local dancing, folk songs and music. Locals adorn themselves in special costumes, and camels are paraded and raced for entertainment. This is a unique, fascinating festival that’s great fun.
Location: Jaisalmer, India
Taking place just 8 km from South Delhi, this 15-day festival brings unique handicrafts from all over India. Here, visitors will find such products as paintings, wood stock, textiles, pottery, ivory work, stonework, terracotta and grass work. There are also food courts featuring India’s rich, delicious cuisine, and gala evening events.
Location: Delhi, India
Konark Dance Festival
This exciting five-day festival takes place yearly at the ornate Sun Temple in Kornak, Odisha, India. Visitors will witness all kinds of jubilant celebratory dance and song, with musicians playing drums, cymbals, and other traditional instruments, and dancers from all over the country perform unique, traditional dances.
Location: Nagaland, India
Nagaur Cattle Fair
January - February
This eight-day livestock fair, taking place in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is the second-largest fair in India, involving 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses. The event also includes sports activities like tug-of-war, camel races, and cock fights. A large bazaar presents a wonderful opportunity for picking up unique souvenirs.
Location: Jodhpur, India
Jaipur Forts: Inside Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh
Author : Ronan O'Connell
The Jaipur forts offer distinctive views into one of the most important cities in Rajasthan. We take a closer look at Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh.
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